Blood & Magic

Blood & Magic

“Where are we?” Asterlas asked. He had pulled the van over to the side of the dusty road. Tadriel turned the map she held around, peered at it a moment and then turned it again. The map was a typical gas station production — a tiny pamphlet until it unfolded to almost...
Little Green Man

Little Green Man

The creature stands, unmoving, staring at the suns. There are two of them in the clear, pale blue sky. The only sound comes from the breeze blowing across the wide plain. It ripples the tall grass growing there, and rustles the leaves of the few trees dotting the...
Strong As An Ox (Part 2)

Strong As An Ox (Part 2)

His nose was wider than before and greener. That wasn’t all. His eyebrows were thicker, blacker, the hair looked more like what was on the back of his hand. And what was happening to his ears? They looked calloused, swollen. There were new bumps and twists in them. He...
Strong As An Ox (Part 1)

Strong As An Ox (Part 1)

Andy didn’t bother to read over the text he had typed into the comment box. It was good. It was gold. And if there were a few small typographical missteps or grammatical errors? Who cared. It was the content — the truth — that was important, and that would come...
Lovely Affliction

Lovely Affliction

“I’m not making it up,” I say. I know she doesn’t believe me. “I know that, Grandma.” No, you don’t. “Do you?” “Yes,” Maggie says and then sighs. I know she thinks I’m nuts. She’s sitting in the visitor’s chair next to my hospital bed. Her elbows are resting on her...
The Dawn Party

The Dawn Party

“And you say this is noble, Germaine?” asked the guest. Count Germaine Edderington the Fourth, and last, scratched at his pale cheek. “Noble, well, er, it depends on your perspective, doesn’t it?” “Do go on.” Germaine swallowed and took a moment to take in the...
Chicken Balls & Lobster

Chicken Balls & Lobster

April was gazing at the counter. She had been doing this, off and on, for several minutes now and Dennis was getting curious. "Penny, or even a quarter, for your thoughts?" He asked. "Hmmm?" She turned toward him. "Sorry, that singing lobster...
Miracles?

Miracles?

“You know, you just don’t see miracles anymore,” Don said as they followed the trail along the steep edge of the valley. Marie stopped and wiped sweat from her brow. “What are you talking about?” she asked. “Oh, just thinking out loud.” “So, what led you to that...
Frank Feeds a Fox

Frank Feeds a Fox

“How are you today, Mr Fox?” Frank asked as he arrived in the forest clearing. The fox made no move other than its regular little head tilt. It sat at the far side of the space, watching Frank — in the open but near enough to the underbrush that it could scurry away...
My Empire For A Battery

My Empire For A Battery

Spiegal ran, had been running for hours now. The charge gauge was only a slight tilt of his head away but he didn’t dare look at it. Not yet. No, he needed to run for at least another hour before he looked. Then it might be enough that he could stop. The afternoon air...